A Quick Update on The Marls Mangrove Fungi

Good news! We have likely identified one fungal species that may lead to the lesions we have seen on the mangrove leaves. Preliminary data suggest that a Pestalotiopsis species (an Ascomycete fungus) may be a player in generating the lesions we see on the leaves in The Marls. Interestingly, this species has been found to cause leaf spots in Florida.

Though we  may have one fungi identified, there is still a ton of lab work ahead to determine if this species is the actual cause of the lesions. Our next steps are to infect healthy red mangrove leaves with Pestalotiopsis to see if we can elicit the same lesions we find in the field. We also have several other fungal colonies that need to be identified so stay tuned for more updates!

By | 2015-06-05T21:44:36-04:00 March 28th, 2015|Categories: Mangroves and Creeks, Plants, The Marls, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Quick Update on The Marls Mangrove Fungi

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Ryann Rossi
My general research interests lie in the ecology of marine coastal ecosystems. I am most interested in the role plant diseases have in shaping the ecology of coastal and estuarine environments. I am currently studying the role of a plant pathogen in a die-off of Red Mangroves in The Bahamas. Follow Ryann Rossi